Maryland was among 44 states that saw a massive increase in traffic fatalities throughout 2021. The total number of fatal crashes was 42,915. This total was an increase of 10.5% over the previous year’s figure of 38,824. In addition, the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles was 7,485, another huge increase.
Pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high
Personal injury cases related to pedestrian accidents were on the rise throughout all of last year. Studies conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) show that 20 pedestrians per day died in collisions with vehicles. The damage done to personal and government property was estimated to be in the billions of dollars. The trend is one that shows no signs of abating.
The number of pedestrian fatalities has risen to its highest level in 40 years. Experts have attributed this rise to more drivers being on the roads since the end of the lockdown. They are engaging in unsafe practices such as speeding, tailgating, and not wearing seat belts. Pedestrians are placed in extra peril.
Maryland drivers are urged to drive safely
The amount of pedestrian deaths per billion vehicle miles traveled was listed as 2.32. This figure is a sharp increase over last year’s average of 1.9.
The number of fatalities that involved drivers hitting underage children has more than doubled. Pedestrian deaths among other segments of the population have likewise seen huge percentage increases. The trend is national as well as local.
Authorities throughout the state are urging drivers to pay more attention to pedestrians on the road. They are also seeking higher penalties for such activities as driving while distracted or intoxicated. While these efforts are being applauded by safety experts, they have yet to show any lasting results.